Dress code: Victoria Tigipko, Kira Rudik and Tatyana Litvinova about business wardrobe

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Three professionals, each in their own field, shared the rules for drawing up a business wardrobe in 2020 in a special L’Officiel-Ukraine project

Victoria Tigipko

Founder and managing partner of TA Ventures Venture Fund, president of Odessa International Film Festival, co-founder of the Wtech women's business community, founder of the Iclub private investor club


In Victoria: a mix of cotton, polyamide and acrylic mix jacket, WEILL cotton dress

What do your business style principles sound like?

During business meetings, the appearance should not distract from the essence of the issues, so I adhere to strictness and conciseness. For me personally, these are trouser suits, I often combine straight trousers with strict jackets and pastel shirts.

How much time does it take you to select outfits depending on plans for the day?

I can have from four to twenty meetings a day, which means constant movement. Therefore, of course, I always give preference to comfortable clothes and shoes and try to make up the image the night before.

What must be present in your business wardrobe?

Necessarily shoes with low speed or low heels, straight trousers, a jacket. This is a must have.

How prone is he to fashion trends?

I admit, I do not follow every Fashion Week with all scrupulousness, but fashion trends somehow affect my wardrobe. I love Ukrainian brands, there are a lot of them in my wardrobe. It's nice when abroad they ask me which brand is on me now, and I proudly call the names of Ukrainian designers.

How has your business wardrobe changed over the past few years?

More Ukrainian brands appeared in my closet, with a wide variety of them – from evening dresses to tracksuits. As regards business style specifically, in my work there is no particularly wide field for experimentation. Brands and accents may change, but the principles of business style have not changed for a long time.

What else would you like to add to it?

I update the wardrobe as needed. I never complain that I have "nothing to wear," and adhere to the principle of reasonable consumption. I know for sure that soon there will be more elegant evening dresses in it, because in front of me there are several red tracks with the corresponding dress code.

What will never be in it?

Too frank, vulgar outfits.

Kira Rudik

Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 9th convocation, first deputy head of the Parliamentary Committee on Digital Transformation, former operational director of the Ukrainian development center of the American IT company Ring (now owned by Amazon)


In Cyrus: polyester vest, cotton shirt and WEILL pants

What do your business style principles sound like?

Modernity, elegance, comfort. You know, such a balanced balance between urban chic and business uniforms.

How much time does it take you to select outfits depending on plans for the day?

I prepare outfits on Sundays for the whole week based on plans, shootings, field meetings, performances and, of course, weather forecasts. On average, it takes about an hour to plan and lay out everything.

What must be present in your business wardrobe?

A strict dress that is suitable for performances and in which you can work for 10 hours. Black, cream or dark blue.

How prone is he to fashion trends?

Highly! I recently reviewed Sex and the City, inspired by the idea that fashion is the spirit of the times. How great it is to live precisely at this time and conform to this spirit.

How has your business wardrobe changed over the past few years?

Cardinally! Still, the head of an IT company can afford more freedom than a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. She began to wear jackets, high-heeled shoes. In an IT environment, white sneakers are already fancy.

What else would you like to add to it?

More shoes and accessories. Any variety rests on this. People are interested in looking at the images of others, so I strive to combine complex bows.

What will never be in it?

Some overly frank or transparent things. And, perhaps, T-shirts with Mickey Mouse.

Tatyana Litvinova

Culinary expert, ex-host of the TV show "Master Chef", founder of projects Sweet Events, Tasty-Travel with TL


On Tatyana: a jacket from a mix of cotton, polyamide and acrylic, WEILL cotton trousers

What do your business style principles sound like?

First, relevance, it is important to feel comfortable and in accordance with the situation. Secondly, clothing and accessories should be made of quality materials. Thirdly, I rarely use high-profile brands for business meetings.

How much time does it take you to select outfits depending on plans for the day?

Sometimes I can spend 20 minutes, sometimes half a day, and I can break into the store a couple of hours before the event, because there is no necessary shade of stockings. I am a perfectionist in everything, including the wardrobe!

What must be present in your business wardrobe?

In summer it’s a white jacket, I always hunt for them. In winter – overalls. I also love fitted shirts, I have more than 50 of them, various textures and shades.

How prone is he to fashion trends?

I try to follow fashion. I once read that if you don’t like modern fashion, then you are already old. And I'm still not going to give up 50 years so sure!

How has your business wardrobe changed over the past few years?

At the Master Chef project, for six years I wore mostly monochrome sheath dresses. However, for a year now, she has never worn anything like this. Apparently, there was a bust – now I switched to trousers, shorts and overalls.

What else would you like to add to it?

I want to try in the spring to allow myself to wear an elongated jacket paired with leggings.

What will never be in it?

I do not like black jackets and high stilettos. Black color depresses me, although this does not apply to dresses and outerwear. But a high heel is inconvenient and pointless with my 180 cm.

Worked on the shooting:

Photographers: Alexander Porubaymikh, Sergey Vasiliev
Stylist: Anna Goncharova
Hairstyles: Anna Matvienko, Maria Sova
Makeup: Natasha Vasilyeva, Maria Owl
Producer: Diana Melnikova
Stylist assistant: Daria Shinder

See also: Director Khristina Sivolap: "In Ukrainian look є well-won battles’ well-to-do battle "

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